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Tony awards

I watched my recording of the Tony's today.  As a theatre person it's fun to watch other people who share pieces of my world get recognized for their work.  But there is something much more important about these Tony's.

Memphis won for best musical.

See, when Memphis was at TheatreWorks (and how much do I love that Randy [the guy who spoke after the win] took the time to acknowledge all of the regional theatres the show had been at) I was the stage manager.  We had a lot less dancing and a much smaller ensemble, but the story hasn't changed much and five of the seven leads are the same performers as when we did the show.  It's bizarre and satisfying to watch people I know and a show I love be celebrated.  It actually made me cry a bit when they got to sing again at the end.

Now I just need to get to NY to see this production.

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That is so nice. Earlier in the year you talked about liking the cast/ director from one show, to the point you were a bit sad about the show being over. Was it from this show?

Nope, we did Memphis in 2004. I did enjoy the show a lot which is part of the reason I'm glad it's doing so well now. But the long separation from it feels a little strange like I am still a part of it but not.

I'm glad you enjoyed the Tony's! :-)

They were really good this year. Sean Hayes as the host did an awesome job.

And watching Green Day perform (they had the actual band being backed by the cast of the show in the opening number) was great fun, especially the audience pans where some of those folks obviously had no idea what was going on.

I've heard they improved the show SIGNIFICANTLY over the six months before it hit Broadway. I wasn't super impressed when I saw it, gosh, whenever that was, a year ago? Year and a half?

Yeah, other than still knowing most of the music I'm not sure how much of the show I'd recognize since I stage managed it in 2004, before it took so many years off. They have a new director, choreographer, and most designers since us, and I think they did most of their changes after So Ca, then they were just figuring out what they had.

I'm still hoping I might be able to get to NY before the main cast starts leaving to see what it is now.

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